The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a best-of-seven semi-finals match against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Game 2 is at 6:30 P.M. on April 14, 2019 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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- Magnolia vs Rain or Shine Semis Game 1
The Hotshots are determined to even the series to 1-all while the Elasto Painters are eyeing a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven semi-finals clash.
First round pick of Rain or Shine in the 2018 PBA rookie draft Javee Mocon was shining during Game 1.
Mocon and second-year guard Rey Nambatac sparked the Elasto Painters run in the fourth quarter and eventually took control of the game which leads to their victory.
“We didn’t respect some of their guys. Kailangang matuto kami doon. It’s a long series; bawi kami next game,” said Magnolia streak shooter Paul Lee.
Apart from the second unit attack of RoS, fatigue might also played a major factor in that Friday match.
Magnolia has extended their quarterfinals game against the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and now they’ll be playing five games during a 10-day stretch.
While they’re playing in the quarters, Rain or Shine were resting and coaching staff were most likely busy scouting.
“Dehado kami dyan because they’re the No. 2 seeds at mahaba ang pahinga nila,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.
“Na-scout kami at napaghandaan kami,” rued Victolero. “Importante ngayon dito mapahaba namin yung series, at makabawi kami sa Game Two,” he added.
For Rain or Shine, mind setting is now important for the squad led by head coach Caloy Garcia. He wanted his troops not to dwell in Game 1 victory and focus on their next schedule.
“It’s a great win but we must forget about it and think about Game Two right away. I know we won but it was a hard battle and for sure, they’re going to do adjustments in Game Two,” said the ROS bench chieftain.